Public Involvement in Musculoskeletal Services (PIMS)

PIMS is a group of patients and carers that meet quarterly to discuss research and service improvement issues in the Musculoskeletal Department at the Freeman Hospital.

The advantages of a group such as PIMS is that their long term involvement means that group members are familiar with other issues within the department and are therefore able to consider research proposals in context. Thus, they raise questions about whether and how the proposed studies might impact upon other studies, in terms of recruitment and patient or clinician preference. This is particularly important if studies are likely to be competing for participants from the same patient population or if there are differences in anticipated level and duration of commitment.

Group members were able to engage in meaningful and constructive debate about the proposed protocol and were reassured that Arthur Pratt was taking their concerns and ideas seriously. There was a genuine sense of openness, engagement and reciprocity with the aim of reaching a mutually beneficial goal.

Public Involvement in Musculoskeletal Services (PIMS)

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